“Do you love me?” Family Youth Thought for the Day June 7

How do you test someone’s love?   The boys tended to think that a girl should be willing to sleep with them.  The girls thought that a boy could show he loves her by respecting her and that her “no” means “no” and that there could still be a real friendship and honest communication.

Jesus said to Peter a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me.” Peter was grieved because he asked him the third time. John 21:15-19..

Pope Francis: “All the faithful, whatever their condition or state, are called by the Lord, each in his or her own way, to that perfect holiness by which the Father himself is perfect”.  The first thing we need to discern and discover is this: Jesus wants to be a friend to every young person. In the risen Lord’s dialogue with Simon Peter, his great question was: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” (Jn 21:16). In other words, do you love me as a friend? The mission that Peter received to shepherd Jesus’ flock will always be linked to this freely given, gratuitous love. CV249-250

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